Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: A Simple Birthday Calendar

If you're anything like me, you have a lot of birthdays to remember throughout the year, and you might not be so good at it. The solution? Insert a simple birthday calendar directly in your line of sight every day so that you won't forget to put a card in the mail!

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It literally takes about five minutes to put together, and today, I will show you how! For my calendar, I am using the 4"x6" calendars from the Elle's Studio 2014 Paper Collection. I love the 'special notes' writing area on the side- perfect for writing down the birthday names! As well as a calendar, you will also need:
- Heavyweight chipboard
- Crop-A-Dile or other heavy-duty hole punch
- Adhesive
- Xacto blade
- Patterned paper
- 2 book rings
- Small stamp to mark the days
- Ink pad
- Pen
- Any other embellishments you want to finish it off

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Begin with a 12"x12" piece of heavy chipboard. The thin stuff won't work for this project since it won't be able to support its own weight. Because my calendar cards are 4"x6", I wanted to make the stand 5"x7", with a 1-1/2"x 7" base. First I measured out 5"x7", then I added the 1-1/2" at the bottom.

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This is how it looked before cutting.

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Next, cut all the way around the outside of your rectangle.

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Now, to create your platform base, you will want to score along your bottom line. Make sure you don't cut all the way through! For my chipboard, it took me four passes with my Xacto to cut all the way through, so to score, I just went through two times.

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Once your line is scored, set your stand up and bend along your score line until it stands up on its own. Now to the easy stuff!

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Cover your stand front with patterned paper. Using your calendar cards as a template, punch holes through the chipboard, as well as your calendar cards. Then, just hang the cards on with binding rings.
Add embellishments as you feel necessary, but remember to leave the top clear so that you can flip your calendar cards to the back once the month is finished.

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I used a star stamp to mark the birthdays with gold ink & wrote the name of the birthday girl or boy in the 'special notes' area.

Now you have no excuse for forgetting Aunt Mary's birthday, right?

If you create this project, link me up! Happy creating!

2 comments:

  1. Such a great idea to remember birthdays! This could be a good gift as well.

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  2. I just want to go to Camp Meg and cook and make pretty things all day.

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